I don't eat Japanese food often, but had decided to come here with a friend of mine last night. I was quite impressed how delicious and cheap the sushi was. I had ordered 2 orders of the chicken Sushi and even after the kitchen was closed, I had asked if I could have another order and they cheerfully made me another order. Terrific. Will be back soon.
We came here the other night looking for some grub and the gf mentioned this place. It was pretty busy and we were lucky to get the last booth available. The room is dimly lit with lots of wood accents around and opens to the street front. Feels a little drab.
We ordered a mash of their special rolls (rainbow, star, avalanche, fire tower, philly) sprinkled with our usual salmon and toro sashimi and a few hot dishes. The rolls were well made, with what I believe to be the perfect amount of rice (some would say stingy). Flavour wise the rolls were very mellow, almost bland - even the vinegar in the sushi rice was hardly detectable but a quick reminder of the area and I can see that it's done by design. The kara-age was tender and juicy but again fairly bland, and the chicken pieces itself were not particularly fresh. 8 smaller than chicken nugget sized morsels at $7 was grossly overpriced in my books. The best item on our table were the tempura yam fries with house sauce. Spicy, crispy, delicious. We received glasses of water with a tiny quartered sliver of lemon instead of tea - it's extra.
Service was good enough - we didn't get any checkups which didn't bother me since it's hit and miss and we had to flag the waitresses done to get water refills and subsuquent orders but they drop whatever they're doing to follow up. Friendly, smiley bunch so a pleasant experience overall.
I figured sushi was pretty healthy already but for those going the extra step for brown rice, this might fit the bill. Can't say I'll avoid coming here again but I'm definitely going to try other outfits in the area first.
Ok, food was not bad. Took a long time for them to arrive, except for sashimi. The portebello mushroom salad came out 20 minutes after we were finished with our sashimi. I am a little confused as to what kind of restaurant IKI intends to be. The menu has sushi but also some izakaya (Japanese tapas) dishes and they excel in neither although the former was done better. The tapas that we orderd, mushroom salad and chicken breast teriyaki was quite sad. The 2 servers were running off their feet so kudos to them but I would unlikely return as the food was mediocre at best until they sort out the kind of restaurant they hope to be, ie izakaya or sushi then they may actually get my follow up visit. I would say they would do better as a sushi restaurant as izakayas would fail in Kits as its the wrong crowd. One plus about my dining experience though was the drinks came out really fast. But no free green tea here, 75 cents for a tea bag, that is sad no?
I was wanting some brown rice sushi, so a few of us tried several different rolls here. There were some of the small regular ones, like a salmon roll and California roll. Also tried the star roll, iki roll and rainbow roll, all made with brown rice. I didn’t mind it, especially for the rainbow roll, since I think the fish was wrapped over the rice, and it overpowered the taste of the brown rice. I think they might need some stronger sauces to balance out the blandness of the brown rice. Overall though, I thought the sushi was fresh and well-prepared, but not particularly interesting.
It was also a lovely room to sit in, and the servers were courteous and efficient.
Okay all you reviewers. I went to this place because of you.
We took 5 adults and 2 kids to this restaurant a week ago due to the good reviews. This is not the best sushi in town, but it is better than most.
We ordered alot of items (bill came in at $200), but nothing stood out in mind. The oysters (3 on half-shell) were a disappointment (sauce was incompatible with raw oysters) but the Tuna Carpacio was decent. I've had alot of sushi in my life and there are some innovative items here. I disagree with anyone that calls this real sushi - if you mean authentic sushi by Japanese standards, this is NOT it. This is still Western style sushi, California inspired with alot of innovative rolls (alot like the rolls on the Eatery menu, but they taste much, much, better - i.e. with Philly Cheese, deep fried this or that - trust me this is not authentic! - but it's yummy nonetheless).
The fish is pretty fresh. There's lots to choose from on the menu. The bathrooms are interesting and the decor is fun. BUT, and here it is, the food (and service) is much too slow, and the prices aren't great - not totally out of the ballpark, but not great value (i.e. they wanted $15 for wild salmon carpaccio).
So there it is, it's a good little place on the Westside but not something to rave about.
Went to Iki's for the first time and was very impressed with the place, their menu is very well balanced to suit the healthy-conscious lifestyles of Vancouverites (not that it really matters to me) but it was apparent that this place kept its cultural authenticity whilst catering to their clientele which always tricky.
Service and food is slow to come but there was only one waitress on during the lunch rush so it's understandable, maybe they should look into hiring some more people. Their bentos aren't your typical sloppily placed together lunch boxes, each dish was carefully prepared and tasted wonderful. I had the vegetarian box: miso, edamame, yammy rolls, gommae, a really nice salad and tofu teriyaki for only $8 it's a steal! Also had the salmon sashimi seared - it's an extra $2 for a wonderful touch of flavour! Their creative Iki roll was good too but not amazing for the price, but all in all great place! Hope to return soon
I think the place is pretty good. Not sure what's with some of the not so good reviews.
The food is yummy and they offers brown rice option for all sushi and rolls. The yam fries are very good and they have a spicy option as well. And They are CHEAP($4). Most places will charge yam fries for at least double the price.
Lots of roll options and hot food for a small place. I would have give it a 4 star for food. But just want to offset some stupid reviews so I gave it 5.
I have eaten here a few times and the food has been good. The staff are friendly but there could be more of them. 2 people to server the entire restaurant doesn't work. The Iki Roll was good. The Kits roll had a lot of sauce. Not a bad place to eat for an average price.
We went to the recently opened Iki before shopping at Safeway on a Sunday afternoon.
Food - Both ordered one of the lunch special boxes, despite some very interesting single items on the menu (eg. lobster miso bisque). Some delicious edamame came before the meal, and we also ordered the prawn salad wraps, which were fresh and light. In the box, the rolls were excellent--well made to almost melt in your mouth. Another highlight was the tempura; very light batter, crispy vegetables, and some surprising additions (lotus root chips and leafy sprouts?!) Having the option of brown rice with the meal was also a nice touch. I should also mention that the selection of sake goes far beyond the usual (and not so tasty) Gekkeikan found at most places.
Service - We had a mixed experience. We were greeted, seated, and serviced promptly and with a smile. However, as the meal went on we saw less and less of our server.
Ambiance - Very nice (and new) feel. Concrete and dark wood, new and elegant fixtures, and the choice of patio, booths, or bar seating.
Thanks to the uniqueness of the menu, we'll be back again.
Iki sushi, loated at Broadway and Macdonald (old Sunshine Diner Location), is a nice, relaxed new restaurant. The menu was innovative, and a great example of Japanese fusion food. We tried many appetizers (all vegetarian) and all were excellent. I would especially reccomend the "yam fries" a mix between yam tempura and yam french fries, with a balsamix reduction and "hollandaise sauce", very good. Also, very well priced, with a nice decor and good music.
My husband and are frequent customers at Iki. They have really good and decently priced sushi and their yam fries are amazing. The sushi is always freshly made and innovative. Brought the family here for Father's day, and everyone was equally impressed with how good the food was. The bill came to about $200 for 9 people - not bad at all. However, I would not recommend the place for large groups as it can get pretty awkward and tight since the restaurant itself is not very big. Aside from that, Iki is one of the best sushi places around and I will keep coming back.
Iki was my go-to sushi spot in my neighbourhood but the last few visits have been extremely dissapointing.
The sashimi was tough and fishy (I actually had to send an order of salmon back).
One of the reasons I ate at Iki is the brown rice option for my sushi. But come on... warm rice for your tofu fiber roll?
I don't care if the roll didn't have fish, at least make sure the rice is cold. I would have taken the white rice option had I known.
Unfortunately I won't be back.
I used to go here off and on since it's close to home. Not anymore. The value just isn't there for the quality you're getting.
Went here with my boyfriend and got a couple appetizers and some rolls. My agadeshi tofu was good and his seaweed salad was as well. When we got our rolls, they just weren't as good as I remembered them being. I got a Cobra roll and a Yammy roll. The Cobra roll was decent but had way too much sauce, overpowering all other flavours. The Yammy roll wasn't good at all. It was very cold, mushy and flavourless. My boyfriend got the Crispy Mango roll and the Star roll. He said the Crispy Mango roll was good, but the tuna in the Star roll wasn't fresh and smelled kind of fishy. Personally, I also prefer wild salmon, which they don't serve here.
Service was fine. We didn't really get checked on, but I don't really expect it here. For the prices paid, I think there are other places to go. The quality has gone downhill. If it were cheaper, I'd consider it, but instead a lot of the prices seem to be going up. I'm still on the lookout for a really good sushi place.
I am a regular here for sure... my boyfriend and I always have a date night or day here. It serves brown rice sushi that is amazing. The best yam fries. So much variety, and the staff are so friendly and polite. Very reasonably priced, both of us can eat our hearts out for $30-40. One of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver!
I have to say I'm definately a regular at this place and plan to be one for a really long time. I probably eat at Iki about twice a week and the food is always so good and the best part about it is that I never feel guilty cause it's so healthy! The fact that they have brown rice sushi that actually tastes better than any white rice sushi I've ever had, has me sold. I also think that their lunch time bento boxes are great bang for ur buck. You get salad, teriyaki chicken or mushroom/tofu with rice, edmame, gomae, a sushi roll, and miso soup for around $8! There yam tempura fries are also amazing! but their yammy roll is my favorite. Their food is really fresh and is consistently tastey.
This place is pretty good. The prices aren't bad for what you get and the food is not only flavourful, but healthy! I haven't gotten anything there I haven't liked. The sushi is fantastic, I like the special way they make their onigiri sushi (you'll have to go to find out what I mean =]). The ambiance is decent. Gets the point across and is comfortable to sit and eat in. Will be going again.
A friend took us to this place last night. The food was not good. They put a large amount of wasabi in their nigri sushi (between rice and fish). Why do you need cover the fish in wasabi if you are serving fresh fish?
The sushi rice was cold and hard.
The service was bad. We had to wait for 20 minutes to get some tea even if we asked for it 3 times.
If you want to go to a sushi place around Broadway I would recommend the Eatery.
I went here with my husband and a couple of friends (7 or 8 people). Service was decent, but we found the food to be excellent. I am going back with everyone I work with. There may be better places out there, but this definately satisfies.
I tried this place on Friday night due to the rave reviews I read on this website. I ordered a Kits roll and a Spicy Chopped Scallop Roll. Both were excellent and offered a refreshing twist on the usual. The fish was fresh and the rice was perfectly seasoned (taste-tested without the addition of soy/wasabi). Although a bit on the pricey side and with smaller than average portion sizes, I will definitely return. Servers were friendly and helpful and food was ready to go in under 10 minutes even though they were quite busy.
Well, I guess you have to be careful about being rtoo influenced by reviews. Good reviews sent us to this place for dinner, but we were quite disappointed. The risk level went up when no tea automatically appeared and when asked for, came as tea bags in mugs. Service was slow. The maki rice was wet and tastless and the nori (seaweed) on some was unsealed. There were a number of exotic maki combinations available, but it seemed to us that the ones we tried were not well balanced for taste. The salmon used for nigiri sushi was farmed. Cost and ambience were average, and service, a bit below average. The place had little Japanese feeling about it. There are many better restaurants in the same cost range as this one!